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Social Ideation Finds Ideas Worth Pursuing

2014-03-June-sticky-notes.jpgKnowledge-based companies have been driving much of the economy, especially in the United States and Europe. Information technology, media, biotech and pharmaceutical, financial services companies and many more are based on the ability to generate good ideas, turn them into technology and, eventually, products. The “business” of these companies is intellectual property (IP) -- basically an idea that has value. Even companies that don’t make money directly on IP have to worry about it.

IP is not only a product idea. It may also be a better way of doing business, a price model that offers a competitive advantage, or a way to achieve operational efficiencies.

Where the Differences Lie in Enterprise Social Networks

Where the Differences Lie in Enterprise Social NetworksAs more companies look to enterprise social networks to help boost collaboration, taking the first step can be difficult. Deploy the wrong enterprise social network and no one will use it, providing little to no value. Get it right and barriers between functional silos will fall and teams will operate with greater efficiency, flexibility and responsiveness.

The difficulties that companies have had in deploying enterprise social often start right at the beginning. It’s not hard to understand why choosing a product can be tough since most enterprise social networks look almost identical. All the basics are there in just about every product including microblogging and conversations, groups, and document, file, and content sharing. Security and other major enterprise deployment factors are also similar across vendors and products. On the surface, all enterprise social networks look the same. The path to value, however, lies in some key differences.

Collaboration in 2014: 10 Predictions

Social Business, Collaboration in 2014: 10 PredictionsNetworked organizations, personalization and customization, development of collaborative reputations: these trends and more that I predicted for 2013 will still hold true for 2014. But as the cloud and mobile mature, new trends are emerging for 2014. Kelly Services and oDesk just did a deal together -- I think this is the first time an old style temp agency has done a deal with a crowdsourcing / expertise company. Kind of like the lamb lying down with the lion, something you don’t expect to see. But we should expect more of this as markets consolidate, the IoT goes more mainstream and we see collaboration become an important part of big data.

2013 in Review: Intranet Deja Vu All Over Again

Intranet talk appears to be on a three-year hamster wheel in which we have come full circle. So what is it that causes this cycle? It may be caused by the failure of intranet professionals to point to the higher ground  — an integrated and holistic employee experience strategy. Isn't it about time to stop vacillating between concepts that are barely discernible from one another (e.g., ESNs, Intranets, employee portals, etc) and reach for the higher goal?

Enterprise Social: Driving Productivity or Driving to Distraction?

Social Business, Enterprise Social: Driving Productivity or Driving to Distraction?Social tools have the potential to increase productivity, engagement and communications.

They also hold the potential of turning into an enterprise-wide time suck.

The Continued Rise of the Purpose Economy

Purpose driven economy, social business, stephen fishmanSeveral weeks ago, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the three-way discussion between myself, Thierry de Baillon and Deb Lavoy. Deb had written a wildly insightful article about the value of intention in socially networked businesses. Thierry put together a well researched and nicely written article on why the "social enterprise concept" is dead. Lastly, I penned a semi-contrarian retort to de Baillon wherein I explained that technology is not solely about affordance and that companies driven by purpose are more resistant to commoditization.

IDC: IBM, Jive Lead Shifting Enterprise Social Software Market

IDC  Enterprise Social Software 2012.jpgLeaving aside the astronomical market growth rate of vendors like IBM, Salesforce or Jive, the market for standalone enterprise social software (ESS) between now and 2017 will be characterized by the evolution of ESS applications into enterprise social networks (ESN) and compound annual growth of 22.3% to a market value of US$ 2.7 billion in 2017.

Interview: Melissa Risteff On NewsGator's Ongoing Quest to 'Make Social Real'

interviews, newsgator, social business, social enterprise

NewsGator found itself in a position that may sound familiar to other businesses: its employees were disengaged. The work was getting done, but there was no emotional connection to it. It was time for a change.

eXo Puts v4 Online With eXo Cloud General Release

exo CloudOpen source enterprise social collaboration vendor eXo has just announced full, public access to eXo Cloud, which gives users access to the features that were launched with eXo Platform 4 when it was released two months ago.

The Social Enterprise: One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

The headline grabbed me. The articulate, and passionate argument pulled me in. Too bad the basic premise is obsolete.Thierry de Baillon's brilliantly written article on some early failures of the social enterprise vision has a number of really good points but in the end overreaches in some key areas.

The Future of Social Business is Paved with (Good) Intentions

The Road to Social Business

There is no such thing as a social business.  

Let's Get Rid of the Social Enterprise

No More Social EnterpriseWhen asked about illustrating the evolution of organizations, I often come up with the famous scene from Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Indiana Jones casually shoots a swordsman with a single bullet. This, according to me, perfectly shows the inefficient and dysfunctional nature of our traditional assumptions about how business should be done in today's world.

CMSWire Tweet Jam: What's Next for the Social Enterprise - Meet the Experts #SocBizChat

CMSWire Social Enterprise Tweet JamGear up and get ready as this month's Tweet Jam is sure to be a lively one! This time around we'll be talking about the Social Enterprise -- what makes an organization social? What new roles are emerging? Where do we go from here?

(R)Evolution: The Past, Present and Future of the Social Enterprise

(R)Evolution Past Present Future of Social Enterprise“You say you want a revolution?”

On the White Album, John Lennon and The Beatles famously asked that question, and over the last two years or so the champions of enterprise social networking have been quick to proclaim an answer in the affirmative. It’s been too easy to claim that introducing newsfeeds, microblogging, @targets and #tags to the enterprise represents some sort of revolution in the way organizations communicate. It doesn't. If anything, it’s an evolution, not a revolution -- but the pieces are in place to get there in the near future.

How Analytics Inform the Social Enterprise

Analytics Inform the Social EnterpriseThe social enterprise is a collaborative, living and an engaged organism. It is flatter, it is nimble and it is smarter. It understands its market conditions and organizes itself in advance for it. It embraces change as its only constant.

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